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When it comes to strikers at Tottenham, if you are not Harry Kane, you are very much second choice.

This fact might belie one’s true talent, as has been the case with Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente in recent years, but when you have a red hot, homegrown striker ahead of you, there is no chance of usurping him.

Even when Kane is out injured, another forward who is a part-time striker has stepped in, as Heung-min Son has done for two consecutive campaigns, meaning that the role of a second choice centre forward is something of a poison chalice.

However, is that all set to change this summer?

Italian football news outlet Calcio Mercato have claimed that Spurs are among the front runners eyeing up a swoop for Valencia hitman Rodrigo this summer, after his red-hot form in Spain’s top flight.

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The 27-year-old has netted 16 goals across all competitions, 13 of those coming in the league, including four in his last three La Liga outings, which has led to the Lilywhites, as well as Premier League rivals Everton and Brighton, reportedly hunting his capture in a £35million (€40million) swoop.

At Spurs, a hunt for Rodrigo sounds the death knell for Llorente’s career in north London, having failed to hit any sort of heights since his move from Swansea City last summer, aside from a hat trick against League Two Rochdale.

His exit will not be met with any tears, but there will be great respect for the veteran forward who has happily taken on the role of Kane’s understudy, when he could have been first choice elsewhere.

Whether Rodrigo will be willing to take such a back seat role remains to be seen, but it looks as though there may be another man warming the Tottenham bench come next season, be it the 27-year-old or someone else.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are eyeing up a sensational double deal from top flight champions.

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